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If the Dallas Cowboys want Dak Prescott to be the face of the franchise for the foreseeable future, owner Jerry Jones should be prepared to open up his checkbook.

The Cowboys quarterback apparently has no interest in signing a team-friendly contact like Tom Brady, whose annual salary of $15 million lags far behind Aaron Rodgers‘ league-topping mark of $33.5 million.

“Nobody’s wife makes as much money as his wife does either,” Prescott said, according to USA Today’s Jori Epstein. “When Tom Brady isn’t the breadwinner in the home, then that’s a great problem to have. So in that case, he can do that. He can do his contract however you want to do it.”

Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, is believed to be worth $400 million and reportedly took home $10 million last year and $17.5 million in 2017.

While Dallas has made it clear it’ll pay Prescott fairly after three years as the NFL’s lowest-paid long-term starter, the front office would likely appreciate his cooperation.

Impending free-agent defensive end Demarcus Lawrence could become the league’s third defender to break the $20-million-per-year mark after Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald. Additionally, running back Ezekiel Elliott and receiver Amari Cooper will need extensions that’ll likely put them among the highest-paid players at their respective positions in the next two offseasons.

However, Prescott isn’t worried about the Cowboys playing hardball in extension negotiations.

“I think the team knows how to pay what’s deserved,” Prescott said. “and pay those other people at the same time what’s deserved without being frugal.”

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Jerry Jones confirmed reports that the Dallas Cowboys won’t extend head coach Jason Garrett’s contract this offseason, according to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Dallas Star-Telegram.

Garrett will now enter the final year of his deal in 2019, but Jones insisted the two have a good relationship and are still working well together.

“We have been there before without a contract,” Jones said at the NFL Honors on Saturday. “He trusts me. I do trust him or he wouldn’t be the head coach to begin with. Our business is made too much of when you look at extensions and non extensions.”

Jones was referring to the 2014 campaign, when Garrett was in the final season of his original four-year deal. Garrett led the Cowboys to a 12-4 record, and received a five-year, $30-million extension in 2015.

The 52-year-old is the NFL’s fifth-longest tenured head coach, accumulating a 77-59 regular-season record across nine campaigns. He led Dallas to its second NFC East crown in three years before being ousted by the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round.

“I don’t spend a lot of time on the business of football,” Garrett said on Saturday. “I spend time trying to build a team we all can be proud of.”

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Riding on the strong play of multiple young stars, the Dallas Cowboys turned a 10-6 season into an NFC East title and an appearance in the divisional round.

Now that their playoff run is over, the subject has changed to those players’ future paydays. Quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott have emerged as offensive leaders and are still playing on their rookie contracts. This offseason is the first time the team can extend them, and the same goes for 26-year-old Pro Bowl defenders Demarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones.

Speaking on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he’d like to retain each of his stars but acknowledged it could be challenging.

“… Do we want Zeke in the foreseeable future on the Dallas Cowboys? The answer is yes. That’d be madness to think any differently,” Jones said. “You ask a question about Dak and the answer is yes, I want him in the short term and the long term. … Do you want Lawrence for the foreseeable future? Byron Jones? A lot of these guys, yes.

“Now, getting there? Hell, I want a bigger boat,” Jones added.

Jones reportedly recently purchased a $250-million, 357-foot superyacht.

Prescott just completed the third year of a four-year contract that pays him $2.7 million. Elliott is entering the fourth year of a $24-million deal, Jones earned $8 million on a four-year pact and will play 2019 on a $6-million option, and Lawrence played 2018 on a $17-million franchise tag.

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The Dallas Cowboys appear certain Jason Garrett is their head coach of the future.

Dallas intends to negotiate a long-term contract extension with Garrett following the team’s playoff run, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The extension is expected to be lucrative, per Rapoport, considering he signed a five-year, $30 million contract in 2015.

Garrett may have been on the hot seat earlier this season, but he led the Cowboys to victory in seven of their last eight games.

The 52-year-old is the sideline boss for a team that won its second NFC East crown in three years and then defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round.

Dallas will battle the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC divisional round on Saturday.

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A report emerged last month that the Dallas Cowboys approached former tight end Jason Witten about coming out of retirement to return to the team. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett later denied that report.

Now, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports it was Witten who approached the Cowboys about a reunion.

The homecoming ultimately never happened, as Witten remained in the Monday Night Football booth with ESPN while the Cowboys won the NFC East crown.

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Ezekiel Elliott is ready to get paid.

The Dallas Cowboys running back would prefer a contract extension this offseason rather than in 2020, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Elliott, who wrapped up his third regular season in the NFL, is averaging $6.24 million on his rookie contract, according to Spotrac. As a former first-round pick, he won’t hit free agency until 2021 (after Dallas picks up his fifth-year option).

Running backs usually don’t receive extensions three years into their rookie deal, but Rapoport notes that Elliott’s workload is a driving force behind his request. He’s accumulated 868 career carries, averaging 289 per season.

The Cowboys already have a number of decisions to make this offseason, with extensions for quarterback Dak Prescott, defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, and cornerback Byron Jones among them.

Elliott is coming off a spectacular campaign, leading Dallas into the playoffs. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry while pacing the league in rushing for the second time in his career.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s day off Sunday against the New York Giants has him well prepared for his first playoff game since his rookie season on Saturday night.

“Normally after a real game I’m not feeling ready to play until about Friday, Saturday, but I’m ready to go right now,” Elliott said Tuesday, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.

Elliott ran for 125 yards on 22 carries in a divisional-round loss to the Green Bay Packersin 2016 to cap an All-Pro rookie campaign in which he led the league in rushing attempts and yards after being selected fourth overall.

This season, he was named to his second Pro Bowl and again led the league in both attempts and yards on the ground, finishing second behind Giants rookie back Saquon Barkley in scrimmage yards (2,001). Despite playing just 15 games, Elliott also led the Cowboys with 77 receptions.

He’s predicting his busy season will continue against the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round and feels the one-game rest will prove beneficial.

“Just knowing that we’re going into these playoffs, I’m going to have the highest workload I probably had all season,” Elliott said. “Just great, getting fresh and ready going into this last stretch of the season and ready for whatever they throw at me.”

The Seahawks’ defense ranked 13th against the run this season, allowing 113.2 yards per game on the ground.